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February 20, 2020
Rush Limbaugh: Champion Of The Average American And Defender Of America's Founding Principles
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

Rush Limbaugh began his career as the preeminent voice of conservative values and America’s founding principles in 1984 on local radio in Sacramento, California.  He was the replacement for controversial talk show host Morton Downey, Jr.  His show debuted in mid-October 1984 as the “Rush Limbaugh Program.”


February 19, 2020
Justice For The Weed Family
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

On September 20, 2019 around 5:30 p.m., while walking around the Great Frederick Fair, John Weed of Mt. Airy was enjoying time with his family, when he was approached by two males. The two males were brothers ages 15 and 16.  They asked Mr. Weed for a dollar.  He said no, at which point some sort of dialogue began.


February 17, 2020
The Republican Women Of Frederick County Salutes: Hiram Rhodes Revels, America's First African American United States Senator
Guest Columnist

Angela McIntosh

It is likely that many, if not most Americans, assume no African American ever held high public office until Barbara Jordan was elected to Congress in 1972. It is also likely that most Americans assume Jordan to be the first African American from the South elected to hold high office in the Federal government. Both of these assumptions are incorrect.


February 14, 2020
Last Weekend In XFL Football
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

The DC Defenders won the inaugural game in XFL football history by a score of 31-19 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.  Thanks to a performance powered by three defensive/special teams touchdowns by way of two interceptions returned and a blocked punt leading to the first touchdown in XFL History.


February 13, 2020
The Republican Women Of Frederick County Salute Ida B. Wells
Guest Columnist

 

Angela McIntosh

When you hear the name Ida B. Wells, what words come to mind? Journalist? Civil rights activist? Suffragette? Abolitionist? Indeed, all these words accurately describe Ida B. Wells, but there is another word that describes her just as accurately as all the others, and probably, it is one that will surprise you. That word is Republican.

 

 


February 11, 2020
Partisanship And Voting Trends In State And Local Elections
Guest Columnist

Jerry Donald

In his 2018 book “The Increasingly United States,” Daniel J. Hopkins summarizes the circumstances surrounding state and local politics. In it, he looks at the factors that have made national politics the dominant focus for American citizens. The gist of his book is that Americans’ interest in politics at the national level has remained steady over the years, while interest in state and local politics has declined considerably.


February 10, 2020
Frederick County Public Schools Tone Deaf
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

Genocide is a term used to describe violence against members of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group with the intent to destroy the entire group. The word came into general usage only after World War II, when the full extent of the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime against European Jews during that conflict became known.  Three times in history Jewish people have faced attempted genocide simply because they were Jewish.


February 6, 2020
Ignoring The Victims
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

I've heard from a lot families over the last year telling me about their child being bullied or physically attacked while at school. So when another parent contacted me, about a week and a half ago, about their child being attacked by a transgender student, I wasn’t shocked.


February 4, 2020
Cox's General Assembly Report 2020 - Volume 1 Part II
Guest Columnist

Delegate Dan Cox

HB 4 – LONG GUN REGISTRATION “BACK-GROUND CHECK” BILL

Similar to the handgun board fight, the same last two weeks have been packed with fighting a dangerous registration bill of rifle and shotgun transfers requiring back-ground checks, which the Democrats have touted as their premier “gun control” legislative goal.


February 3, 2020
Cox's General Assembly Report 2020 - Volume 1
Guest Columnist

Delegate Dan Cox

This week was eventful in Annapolis and showed the promise of how every vote counts – and how just a few more Republicans in the House can shift the balance of power towards the GOP.


February 1, 2020
Political Corner - Karen Lewis Young
Guest Columnist

Karen Lewis Young

What follows is a summary of the bills that I will be introducing this session. They are in varying stages of drafting, negotiating, and hearing preparation.


February 1, 2020
Super Bowl 2020 Predictions
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

6:30 PM on Fox: San Francisco 49ers Vs. Kansas City Chiefs- Chiefs win 27-20


January 29, 2020
Michael Bunitsky On Public Service And Other Things
Guest Columnist

When I learned Michael Bunitsky wasn’t going to run for another term on the Board of Education I asked him if he would tell me why.  Mr. Bunitsky and I have disagreed on many, many things but his response below will illustrate why I have the utmost respect for him as a human being.


January 19, 2020
NFC/AFC Championship Game Predictions
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

Televised on CBS at 3:05 PM: AFC Championship Game Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs


January 18, 2020
Tales From The Thin Blue Line
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

He became a police officer in 1973, starting pay was around $10,000 - $12,000 a year plus benefits and overtime. Over forty hours a week and varied working conditions. There were physical requirements that had to be met, height to weight ratio, timed running and other physical tests. Then on to the academy where they learn to shoot, drive and many other things. Then time with a training officer and if you pass all that, you can start to patrol on your own.


January 17, 2020
It's Accountability Not Politics Mr. Miller
Guest Columnist

Karl W. Bicklel

Mr. Jason Miller, in his Back To You Mr. Bickel piece published January 8th seems to have placed the defense of Mr. Edward Burrell’s concerns about the County’s audit of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) 287(g) agreement with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) back in my court.


January 16, 2020
Frederick Welcomes Bestselling Author, Rhodes Scholar, and Decorated Veteran
Guest Columnist

Press Release From Frederick County Libraries:

FREDERICK, MD, [January 16, 2020] – Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL) is pleased to announce that the highly acclaimed, bestselling author, Wes Moore has been selected as the 2020 speaker for their annual Frederick Reads event. This program is a collaborative effort between FCPL, Frederick Community College, and the Weinberg Center for the Arts.


January 16, 2020
Frederick County Conservative Club Goes After Charter Government
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

An estimated gathering of 20-30 people packed a meeting room at Mexicali Cantina in downtown Frederick.  They came to hear the Frederick County Conservative Club’s plans for 2020 as well as its position on Charter Government.


January 10, 2020
Reject Identity Politics
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

The Frederick Democrat Party has said on Facebook you’re a Nazi if you don’t vote for them. This is coming from the party where a vast majority feel that killing unborn babies is acceptable, just saying. My father and his family are Jewish and I have been to more synagogues then churches.


December 28, 2019
Bowl Game Predictions for Bowl Games Through January 2nd 2020
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

Games on Saturday December 28th:


12:00 PM on ESPN Cotton Bowl Classic #10 Penn State vs. #17 Memphis: 28-24  #17 Memphis Upsets #10 Penn State in what I believe will be a closer game than most college football analysts and fans.


December 25, 2019
Celebrate The Meaning Of Christmas
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

It’s Christmas Day!!! I won’t miss the T.V. commercials about the new greatest thing to buy, because then and only then will the people in your life know you love them. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for capitalism and people making and spending money anyway they choose, I just think we have forgotten what really matters, here's a hint, it’s not an X-Box One


December 20, 2019
Vote Your Principles
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

Local Republicans are facing an uphill battle in upcoming elections. Not only do the Democrats come out in force to vote, they openly and financially support candidates.  They also do not “eat their own”.


December 15, 2019
Navy Dominates Army 31-7 Ending 3 Game Losing Streak
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

The 23rd ranked US Naval Academy Football team ended an historic three game win streak by Army West Point with a dominating 31-7 win.


December 11, 2019
Implicit Bias - A Flawed Theory
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

I waited awhile before writing about the Frederick County Public Schools, Racial Equity Committee. I wanted to read a bit more about it and look into some of the “issues” they have uncovered.


December 8, 2019
College Football Playoff Predictions
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

College Football Playoff Rankings are as follows based on Saturday’s Results the top 4 Teams should be ranked as follows:


December 6, 2019
Keys Baseball In Jeopardy
Guest Columnist

Chaz Packan

The Frederick Keys baseball franchise has been a local staple here in Frederick County since 1989.  The Keys became the Orioles High Single-A affiliate over 30 years ago, bringing exciting and affordable baseball action to the city of Frederick.


November 29, 2019
Thankful For Fathers Who Wear Badges
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

“School is closed” was the first thing I heard while waking up. I was about 9, it was snowing like crazy and around 15 degrees outside. I remember it was still dark and the wind was howling so loud it sounded like a pack of wolves’ right outside my window. There was about 7 inches of snow outside, and it was still coming down hard.


November 21, 2019
Helping Students Isn't Political
Guest Columnist

Seth Eisenberg

 

75% of all school districts in the U.S. have some level of student lunch debt.  Some are low, while others are well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  I read that and thought, do Frederick County Public Schools have student lunch debt like this?


September 27, 2019
The Lawful Huddled Masses
Guest Columnist

Amanda Miller

 

Last month my husband Jason and I were blessed to finalize an adoption of two beautiful boys. I could probably go on forever about the adoption process, how long it took us to get to this point, but that is a story for another time.


August 19, 2019
It's Your Vote! Use It!
Guest Columnist

Amanda Miller

 

Members of the Republican Women’s Club were at the Urbana Carnival last month. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone. While there, I saw something surprising, more and more millennials were coming into our tent, asking if they could register to vote Republican.


March 11, 2019
A Guiding Force for Republican Women
Guest Columnist

Amanda Miller

 

The Republican Women of Frederick County (RWFC) are poised to celebrate their 100th Anniversary next year in 2020, founded 22 days after the ratification the 19th amendment in August of 1920.


January 7, 2019
When Protests Become Bullying
Guest Columnist

Amanda Miller

 

By now I suspect most people in the area have heard about the questions surrounding the horse-drawn carriage rides in downtown Frederick. I first heard about a "Vegan Army" protesting the carriage rides offered by the Lambert family in a Facebook post on December 23, 2018, and then in a follow-up Letter to the Editor in the FNP on December 28, 2018.


September 27, 2018
Something Different May Be Better
Guest Columnist

Danny Farrar

 

As the November 6th date looms closer, many are starting to contemplate for whom they will vote. Many of my conservative counterparts feel particularly pained due to my involvement as a Republican nominee for County Council-At-Large.


June 22, 2018
What Happened…and Why in 2014 Primary
Guest Columnist

Blaine R. Young

 

Recently several people asked for my thoughts and analysis on the upcoming Republican primary for county executive. I will decline other than giving you thoughts on what happened four year ago as it is a similar situation.


April 30, 2018
A Hard Pill to Swallow
Guest Columnist

Amanda Miller, RN, BSN, MBA

 

There is an unprecedented opioid problem in our community. Much of the talk centers around who is to blame for this epidemic which generally leads to physicians and the healthcare industry.


April 9, 2018
Help Us Help You
Guest Columnist

Amanda Miller, R.N., B.S.N.

MBA, Healthcare Administration

 

I have been a proud registered nurse since 2003. I have been lucky to work in a variety of facilities from New York City down to Washington D.C. and points in between. Most of my time has been spent in the Emergency Department of the several hospitals.

 


April 2, 2018
Livable Frederick – Fact or Fiction?
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

If you’ve heard about the new “vision” for Frederick County called “Livable Frederick,” you may have some questions on what it is to accomplish, or what its goals are.


March 14, 2018
Explanation of Methodology
Guest Columnist

Harold “Bud” Otis

I’d like to share a story. In a country, far, far away, there lies a kingdom ruled by a powerful monarch. This monarch has become more and more infatuated with this own reflection.

 


March 7, 2018
We’re Better Than Confrontational Attitudes
Guest Columnist

Harold “Bud” Otis

What we see in Washington now is quite different from the days of President Ronald Reagan, a courageous man who used his personal wit and intelligence to keep the Office of the President a respected seat, not simply of power, but of positive influence and dignity.

 


January 24, 2018
Keep “Maryland, My Maryland” as Our State Song
Guest Columnist

Raleigh Boaze

 

James Randall, a native of Baltimore, was in Louisiana when he heard the news of fighting in his native city in April of 1861. He immediately wrote the poem, "Maryland, My Maryland," and it was published in the New Orleans Delta on April 26.


November 6, 2017
Setting The Record Straight
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

Recently, County Executive Jan Gardner had a "Letter to the Editor" published in The Frederick News-Post (FNP) outlining the many "successes" of her administration. Unfortunately, this letter was riddled with falsehoods, errors and misrepresentations.


October 6, 2017
The Perception of Deception
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

On September 1, 2017, the county executive was quoted in The Frederick News Post about many things she blames on the previous board of county commissioners. She uses perception of numbers to simulate that the sky is falling on several issues.


August 21, 2017
Doing What is Right, Not Political Convenience
Guest Columnist

Raleigh Boaze

 

[Editor’s Note: This column by Mr. Boaze was written prior to the “by cover of darkness” removal of the Taney Statue from its post outside The General Assembly building in Annapolis, where it has stood since 1872.]


July 14, 2017
Keeping Our County Safe
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

A hot button issue these days is the 287(g) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program here in Frederick County. The county’s website provides a description of the program as it is implemented by our Sheriff’s Department.


April 13, 2017
A Smoke and Mirrors Budget
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

On April 15th the county executive will send her budget to the County Council, which will until May 31 to make any adjustments and approve her budget.


March 1, 2017
Backroom Deals and Ethics Spiels
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

When County Executive Jan Gardner (CE) was running for office just two years ago, her mantra was “open and transparent government where everyone can be part of the process.” She said she wanted to reform the ethics laws so we could trust our government.


February 1, 2017
Extending Monocacy River Banks Without Compensation
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

The newest government overreach coming from the Jan Gardner Administration is the Monocacy River Management Plan, also known as the “Monocacy River Land Grab.” This socialist experiment is being spearheaded by an appointed board and from behind the scenes by the county executive.


December 16, 2016
Newspaper Article’s Factual Errors Corrected
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

Just some observations on a recent front page article by Danielle Gaines in The Frederick News-Post entitled “A County Council Divided.” The piece begins by describing me speaking at a council meeting and goes through (with its best liberal effort) to describe the council reactions.


December 1, 2016
The Trump Election and What It Means
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

You can hold the applause until the end of the column. Why, you ask? Because I called the Trump victory as soon as he filed the paperwork well over a year ago.


October 31, 2016
Facts Should Kill Hotel/Conference Center
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month let’s discuss the disaster known as the Downtown Hotel Conference Center (DTHCC). When we follow the trail of deceit for it, you’ll see that our county executive, along with the likely four Democrats on the council will vote for this even though I laid out every reason under the sun as to why this is a really bad deal, and the people who will get stuck paying the tab will be you, the taxpayer.


October 3, 2016
Back in the Debt Saddle Again
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

This month we’ll go back to the Citizen’s Nursing Home saga that continues to leave a black mark on Frederick County for multiple reasons, most of all, the way the county executive and the Democrats (including Bud Otis) on the County Council bully their way to get whatever they want.


September 5, 2016
Citizens/Montevue Facts Behind The Spin
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

After reading the outright lies that County Executive Jan Gardner wrote in The Emmitsburg News Journal last month, I couldn’t help but respond in an effort to set the record straight.


August 26, 2016
Commodore to the Mountains
Guest Columnist

Galahad Sweetbottom

 

I have been learning about life in Frederick, Maryland, for several years through the eyes of The Tentacles, plural for all of the various and numerous writers I read carefully.


August 1, 2016
To sue or not to sue, that is the question!
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

You may be familiar with the J&J trash issue that was recently debated in the County Council meetings. I wrote recently about how I felt this local business was being targeted in how they use the county landfill/transfer station. Their business is trash; they are a local trash/refuse hauler and the landfill/transfer station is well within their business model.


July 11, 2016
“Bob” Waltz, RIP
Guest Columnist

Tim Wesolek

 

Our Friday lunch group, meeting at the Shamrock Restaurant, lost another member last week, when Norman E. “Bob” Waltz passed away. He was our third “loss” this year, following Maury Hassett and Mike Fitzgerald.


July 5, 2016
Solving School Issues in Frederick County
Guest Columnist

Kirby Delauter

 

If we look back on the history of county government, we’ve been having the never ending discussion of how to build schools for well over 30 years. Current County Executive Jan Gardner became involved in local government as a citizen activist speaking out on school overcrowding in the 1990’s.


June 1, 2016
Non – Business Friendly Frederick County
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